A New Zealand boat builder is making waves on the global super yacht tender market with their range of RIBs, fast gaining an international reputation as being the tender to have amongst super yacht owners. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Smuggler Marine manufactures an extensive range of their Strata tender RIB’s from 4.3m to 11m in length.
The company has grown very quickly over the last few years, setting up new premises, tapping into the lucrative superyacht tender market as well as developing an export market.
Smuggler Strata RIBs have been described as the ultimate in performance and finish and the company’s ability to customise tenders makes Strata RIB’s a great choice for motor yacht and super yacht tenders, trailered day boats, work boats and dive tenders.
“We work very closely with a number of super yacht builders in New Zealand and believe that flexibility is the key to crafting the ultimate tender for the discerning owner,” says Smuggler Marine Managing Director, David Pringle. “Though we are primarily a production builder, our special projects division is able to build a boat to suit nearly any specific requirement – it’s this ability that has made our Strata range so very popular.”
Currently in build is a Strata 630 tender being built for a European owner, the 8th 630 model to come out of the factory. The first Strata 600 was built three years ago for the fast cruising sloop SY Salperton and since then word of mouth has lead to further sales of the 600 and 630 range.
“Our Strata 600 and 630 are very popular at the moment. The majority of models we build we fit a Volvo D3 160hp inboard diesel, coupled to either a sterndrive or a jet. The diesel option gives the flexibility of being able to fuel it straight from the main tanks of the mother ship.”
The flagship of the Smuggler range is the Strata 750, a boat that goes where no other RIB has dared to go. Designed to perform and tested in New Zealand’s harsh offshore conditions, the Strata 750 has the proven performance of the Smuggler 27 degree deep vee hull – allowing the user to go hard and fast, no matter what the conditions.
Powered from either 150hp to 250hp outboard, the Strata 750 is the ultimate blue water performer and can handle the most serious of conditions with ease, many journalists commenting that the boat will take more than you will.
Smuggler Marine has been receiving increased enquiry with the Strata 750 and even bigger Strata models in development, with a lot of owners shifting to new super yachts which in turn leads to new and often bigger tenders.
“Current Strata 750 owners love the versatility the boat gives, whether they’re into fishing, diving, playing, transporting guests, the Strata 750 covers all options. This popularity has lead us to develop bigger models to add to the range.”
All Smuggler boats are finished to CE standard and come with a 5-year structural hull warranty.